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Lew Urry

AKA Lewis Frederick Urry

Born: 29-Jan-1927
Birthplace: Pontypool, Ontario, Canada
Died: 19-Oct-2004
Location of death: Middleburg Heights, OH
Cause of death: Illness
Remains: Buried, Butternut Ridge Cemetery, North Olmsted, OH

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist, Inventor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Inventor of alkaline battery

Military service: Canadian Army (1946-49, Capt.)

Canadian-American chemist Lewis Urry developed the alkaline battery while working at Eveready (now Energizer Holdings). Invented in 1959, Urry's battery exploited chemical reactions between manganese dioxide and powdered zinc, and had many times the useful life of then-standard zinc-carbon batteries. It was eventually branded Energizer, marketed in television commercials by the pink "Energizer bunny", and proved crucial to the later development of camcorders, cell phones, laptop computers, and other battery-dependent devices. Urry held 51 patents, including several in the 1980s related to the development of rechargeable lithium batteries.

Father: Oman Urry (b. 1900, d. 1963)
Mother: Ada Rowan Urry (b. 1910, d. 1980, five children)
Brother: Gerald Urry
Sister: Lois Urry DuTrizac (b. 29-Jan-1927, d. Feb-1998)
Sister: Rowna Urry Wilson
Brother: Russell Urry
Wife: Beverly Ann Carlock Cunningham Urry (b. 18-Sep-1940, m. 14-Aug-1965, d. 6-Sep-1993)
Daughter: Laurie Leigh-Ann Urry Cunningham Hassert Andler McCrillis (stepdaughter, b. 6-Aug-1961)
Son: Gerald Thomas Urry Cunningham (stepson, b. 22-Sep-1962)
Son: Michael David Urry Cunningham (stepson, b. 3-Oct-1963)
Daughter: Deanne Urry Lombardo
Daughter: Kathleen Lois Urry
Son: Steven Gregory Urry

    University: BS Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto (1950)

    Energizer Holdings Chemical Engineer (1950-2004)
    Naturalized US Citizen 1965
    Canadian Ancestry


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